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Brewed by Howe Sound Brewing
Style: Imperial Stout
Squamish, Canada
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RATINGS: 83   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.32   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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LA International Beer Competition 2014, Silver Medal, Experimental Beers


2.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
auerbrau (3144) - Peace Dale, Rhode Island, USA - AUG 23, 2013
Ridiculously large swing top bottle. Thanks for sharing, Kevin. An unrounded licorice bomb. Licorice in the nose is similar to other licorice beers Iíve had, tending towards brewers licorice and none of the candy intensities. It gets close, but not quite there. Sweet and strong, with an overwhelming amount of licorice flavor. Out of balance with the spice really. I could see having a nip of this in a tiny snifter, like you might drink Jaegermesiter as a digestif, but itís mostly a novelty.

3.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
patricks110 (1620) - Alberta, CANADA - JUL 26, 2013
Megadestroyer pours a creamy and viscous opaque black with a thick, creamy tan hea. The head subsides in just a few minutes leaving some splotches of lacing on the snifter. A thick wafting aroma of dark licorice and star anise floats out of the glass. A rich, robustly roasted malt and notes of dark chocolate and a hint of vanilla are noted. The nose has a pungent licorice note that could be hard to get past for many beer drinkers. Sweet and rich roasted malts up front with a big licorice flavoring hit the palate right away and doesnít subside. More licorice and anise flavor right through to the finish with robust and potent roasted astringent notes. The 10% ABV is unnoticed by the palate but has a thorough warming sensation. The licorice lingers long into the aftertaste and doesnít subside for some time. On the whole, I felt this was a fantastic beer though rather unapproachable for many beer drinkers and perhaps even a few Imperial Stout lovers. But for the niche market of licorice and imperial stout fans, this hit the mark.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
WheatKing (1233) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 23, 2013
Drinking this now. Black, tan head. Nose is deep sweet licorice. Flavour is the same. Really, this is a one-note licorice drink, no chocolate or coffee or vanilla or malt or roast or whatever else is normally found in this style, except for a bit of roast in the finish. I honestly find anise to smell and taste like licorice so I canít comment on where specifically that dominates. Flavour makes the thick viscosity seem gooey. I can say the licorice is really good quality, not like those cheap "Goodies" but more like Dutch drops. Iím a fan of licorice so I can drink this in moderation... if you donít like it, stay away!

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Eyrish (89) - British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 7, 2013
Shared with Lagerboy over a game of whiffle. Pours like dark molasses. Creme Brulee head. Light carbonation Smokey burnt. Reminiscent of panda licorice. Heavy star anise nose. chewy thick palate. An intense rendition and great example of a licorice stout indeed. Thanks Lagerboy!!

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Lagerboy (1169) - British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 3, 2013
1L capped swingtop shared with Eyrish and three others at the West Bay Whiffle. Deep dark black with an impressive foamy Carhart beige head which settles and mostly lasts. Powerful and intense burnt dark roasted malt and black licorice aroma and taste, some treacle and earth. Soft carbonation, full body, moderately hopped. Roasty bitter finish. Like Winter Whiffle, definitely not for the faint of heart, and DNFL (Definitely Not For Lagerboys)

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Steasy66 (837) - Minnesota, USA - MAY 3, 2013
Dark brown with light tan head. Aroma is all licorice, very nice. Opens with heavy licorice but fades fairly quickly. Not a lot else going on. Medium body and carb. Pretty nice beer.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
brenn79 (1467) - Idaho, USA - APR 21, 2013
1 liter swing top bottle, thanks Poisoneddwarf- Pours black with a beautiful huge creamy dark tan head with good retention and nice cobwebby lace. Aroma is all anise (licorice), my problem is you donít get much else, it is appealing though. The taste is the same, licorice, overbearing licorice, if you love licorice you will love this, but if you donít the opposite, I am in the middle, it is okay, I would like some other flavors in there. Body is huge, carbonation is medium to soft. This is different, licorice galore.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
poisoneddwarf (1670) - Rathdrum, Idaho, USA - APR 21, 2013
1 L swingtop bottle. Pours opaque black with a thick beige head that leaves sheeting lace. Aroma is full of licorice and thatís all I really smell. Tastes just like a bag of quality black licorice, which is a good flavor in my opinion. Starts out a little sweet before turning bitter. Mouthfeel = creamy, carbonation just right. Overall, an extreme beer that tastes good and isnít over the top for a palate thatís ready for this type of shit. For the uninitiated, stay away.

2.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
DuffMan (6436) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - FEB 5, 2013
One-liter swing top, shared at the poker table. Very dark brown with a light brown head. Aroma is overpowering black licorice, with maybe a bit of soy sauce. Acrid black licorice flavour, very one dimensional. It became almost nauseating for me. I couldnít finish my share. I donít think anyone did.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
reebtogi (4033) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - FEB 3, 2013
1L capped bottle with a swing top pours deep black in color with a massive mocha colored head with great retention eventually settling to some spotted lacing. Aroma is dominated by licorice with some roasted notes. Taste is also licorice dominant with some roasted grains and chocolate underneath. A solid imperial stout, but would be better if the licorice didnít dominate so much.


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